California Festivals


Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

April 11-14, 2019

Shoreline Drive, Atlantic, Ocean and more!
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA

Admission: $33-up for one day general admission. Parking passes, paddock access and Club Access upgrades available.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

  • 6-9 p.m. FREE Thunder Thursday Festival at The Pike Outlets marks the start of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach race weekend,
  • 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. NTT IndyCar Series pit stop competitions on Shoreline Drive, west of Pine Ave.
  • 7:05 p.m. and 8:05 p.m. Tony Carbajal's stunt motorcycles
  • 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Freestyle motocross demonstrations on Shoreline Drive
  • Spectator viewing for these events in and around the three grandstands adjacent to The Pike Outlets at Pine Ave. and Shoreline Drive.  
  • Live music and DJs on the stage in the Main Plaza
  • Food  available in the Main Plaza
  • Beer Garden hosted by the Auld Dubliner
  • Classic car show located on The Paseo
  • Race cars displayed on Bay Street
  • Professional drivers and crews from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Pirelli GT4 America and more signing autographs
  • Parking for Thunder Thursday at The Pike Outlets will be available in the Pike Parking structure at Chestnut Place off Ocean Blvd.

Friday, April 12, 2019

  • 7 a.m. Spectator Gates Open
  • 7:40 a.m.-9:40 a.m. BUBBA burger SportsCar Grand Prix International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Practice
  • 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. NTT IndyCar Series Practice P1
  • 11:40 a.m.-12 p.m. Historic International Motor Sports Association GTO Practice
  • 12:20-12:40 p.m. Stadium SUPER Trucks Practice
  • 2-2:45 p.m. NTT IndyCar Series Practice P2
  • 3-3:20 p.m. Historic International Motor Sports Association GTO Qualifying
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m. Pirelli GT4 America Practice
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m. NTT IndyCar Series Fan Appreciation All Driver Autograph Session at Indycar Paddock
  • 4:45-6:15 p.m. BUBBA burger SportsCar Grand Prix Qualifying
  • 6:45-7:30 p.m. Super Drift Challenge Practice
  • 6:45 p.m. El Tri, band, Fiesta Friday at Concert Stage celebrates 50 years at the forefront of Mexican Rock 'n Roll
  • 7:30-8:45 p.m. Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge Competition #1
Saturday, April 13, 2019

  • 7 a.m. Spectator Gates Open
  • 9 a.m.-9:40 a.m. NTT IndyCar Series Practice P3
  • 9:30 a.m. International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Autograph Session at Paddock
  • 10 a.m.-10:35 a.m. Pirelli GT4 America Practice
  • 10:45 a.m.-11 a.m. Pirelli GT4 America Qualifying
  • 12:10-1:25 p.m. NTT IndyCar Series Qualifying & Firestone Fast 6
  • 1:30-2 p.m. BUBBA burger SportsCar Grand Prix Pre-Race
  • 2:06-3:46 p.m. BUBBA burger SportsCar Grand Prix of Long Beach Race #3 of the 2019 International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 100 min.
  • 4:15-4:40 p.m. Stadium Super Trucks Race #1
  • 5-5:20 p.m. Historic International Motor Sports Association GTO Race 
  • 6-8 p.m. Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge Competition #2
  • 6 p.m. Cold War Kids with Special Guest Moontower, concert at Concert Stage presented by Acura and SMG. Indie rockers Cold War Kids from Long Beach, headline

Sunday, April 14, 2019

  • 7 a.m. Spectator Gates Open
  • 9-9:30 a.m. NTT IndyCar Series Warm Up
  • 9:35 a.m. Pirelli GT4 America Pre-Race
  • 9:53 a.m. Drivers Start Your Engines
  • 10-10:50 a.m. Pirelli GT4 America Race
  • 11:50 a.m.-12 p.m. Mothers Exotic Car Parade
  • 12:15 p.m. NTT IndyCar Series Pre-Race
  • 12:30 p.m. Indy Cars to Grid
  • 1:23 p.m. Drivers Start Your Engines
  • 1:42-3:30 p.m. Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Race #4 of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series
  • 2-4 p.m. PST Watch Race on NBC Sports Network broadcast
  • 4:05-4:25 p.m. Stadium Super Trucks Race #2

*Schedule subject to change without notice*All times subject to change without notice


Long Beach, Calif. --  Celebrity racers started their engines for the last time on April 16, 2016. Grand Prix Title Sponsor, Toyota, left Torrance, California for new corporate digs in Plano, Texas and dropped its support of the celebrity race, a fundraiser that's been a part of the annual event for 40 years! 

Past Actors
Ricky Schroder | Actor Stephen Baldwin | Actor Alfonso Ribeiro | Actor Chris McDonald | Actor Frankie Muniz | Actor Brian Austin Green | Actor William Fichtner | Comedian/actor Adam Carolla | NBC NASCAR analyst Rutledge Wood | Actor Brett Davern

Past Sports Celebrities
Al Unser Jr. | NASCAR's Mike Skinner | IndyCar's Jimmy Vasser | Drift racer Ken Gushi | Stock car racer Max Papis | Truck racer Rod Millen | Pro cyclist Eddie Lawson | Olympic medalist Dara Torres

Long Beach Grand Prix is an annual car race launched in 1974, and since that time has raised the bar each year on exciting, nail-biting car racing. The roads are shut down and the event takes place on the streets of downtown Long Beach where bleachers are placed throughout the route so spectators can watch this amazing festival of color, sight and sound.

Grand Prix Winners

PODIUM FINISHES (# Laps Led) | * Pole Position

2018 Alexander Rossi (71)
2017 James Hinchcliffe (28)
2016 Simon Pagenaud (28)
2015 Scott Dixon (44)
2014 Mike Conway (3)
2013 Takuma Sato (50)
2012 Will Power (15)
2011 Mike Conway (14)
2010 Ryan Hunter-Reay (64)
2009 Dario Franchitti (51)
2008 Will Power (81)
2007 Sebastien Bourdais (58)*
2006 Sebastien Bourdais (70)*
2005 Sebastien Bourdais (37)
2004 Paul Tracy (78)
2003 Paul Tracy (33)
2002 Michael Andretti (43)
2001 Helio Castroneves (82)*
2000 Paul Tracy (21)
1999 Juan Montoya (40) (R)
1998 Alex Zanardi (2)
1997 Alex Zanardi (41)
1996 Jimmy Vasser (4)
1995 Al Unser Jr. (74)
1994 Al Unser Jr. (61)
1993 Paul Tracy (81)
1992 Danny Sullivan (7)
1991 Al Unser Jr. (93)
1990 Al Unser Jr. (91)*
1989 Al Unser Jr. (84)*
1988 Al Unser Jr. (73)
1987 Mario Andretti (95)*
1986 Michael Andretti (47)
1985 Mario Andretti (70)*
1984 Mario Andretti (112)*
1983 John Watson (32)
1982 Niki Lauda (61)
1981 Alan Jones (49)
1980 Nelson Piquet (80)*
1979 Gilles Villeneuve (80)*
1978 Carlos Reutemann (42)*
1977 Mario Andretti (4)
1976 Clay Regazzoni (80)*
1975 Brian Redman (15)

The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, WC Vision and SCCA Pro Racing added World Challenge Championships as part of the  Grand Prix of Long Beach for what was called  Roar by the Shore.

Over 170,000 attend and see six racing events at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, headlined by the IndyCar Series. Also included during the race weekend is the American Le Mans Series, the popular Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, Indy Lights and drifting.

The World Challenge is North America's top production car-based racing championship. Divided into three separate classes (World Challenge GT, World Challenge GTS, and World Challenge Touring Car), races follow a sprint format and are 50 minutes start to finish. Race-prepped versions of the cars consumers drive on the streets are driven by top drivers.

Part of the race course includes the scenic Long Beach harbor where the Aquarium of the Pacific is located.

Held in conjunction with car races are vendor expos, concerts and a jam-packed Pine Avenue scene each night as those who attend pour onto the streets of Long Beach for dining, dancing and entertainment. 

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